Warning letters; fines; or even jail time—don’t let these consequences descend on your organization! Prevent bad outcomes of agency observations with a thorough and accurate chromatography data system (CDS) validation. [Read More]
Autoscribe Informatics will be demonstrating the flexibility of Matrix Gemini LIMS at Lab Innovations South, a one-day conference for laboratory professionals in the South-East of the UK. Attendees will be able to see multiple systems including LIMS for pharmaceutical manufacturing, biobank management... [Read More]
In part 1 we discussed what limits are and the types of limits found in laboratory testing, including specification, test, instrument, and analytical limits. In part 2 we shall discuss how these limits are applied to a LIMS.
While there is no one size fits all data governance prescriptive plan, at ResultWorks, an Astrix Business, we believe there are principles and themes that are essential to any data governance program’s success. These are two of the essential principles. [Read More]
Strateos, Inc., a pioneer in the development of remote access laboratories and lab automation software for life science research, today announced that Jason Pontin, a partner at DCVC and the co-founder of the small-molecule oncology company Totus Medicines, has been appointed Chairman of its Board of Directors. [Read More]
In this brief article published in the journal Advances in Radiation Oncology, Joyce et al. state the case for the journal's move to develop a special manuscript category dedicated to cybersecurity issues as they relate to the field of radiation oncology. They review numerous cybersecurity incidents that occurred in 2021, which disrupted healthcare efforts, sometimes severely. In one case, the authors find the effects of a ransomware attack on a cancer treatment center in New Zealand to be worse than those effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the authors address the problems that come with not being able to rapidly access patient medical records, "causing delayed treatment for thousands of patients" in some cases. The discussion of these and other similar incidents leads to a non-exhaustive list of what oncology departments can do to improve preparedness for cybersecurity incidents, including maintaining offline, encrypted back-ups and implementing a user awareness training program.
In this 2021 paper published in the journal Frontiers in Digital Health, Maury et al. of University of Lausanne and Lausanne University Hospital describe their process of developing a COVID-19 dashboard for improving their health care efforts. Noting the usefulness of rapidly gathering, integrating, and using data during epidemics, the authors decided to pull information from their laboratory information system (LIS), as well as other systems, and try to streamline COVID-19 care. After describing their reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) workflows and information systems, they discuss their dashboard—developed in R Shiny—and how its various components aided in their hospital system's goals. The authors conclude that a "dashboard promises the potential gain of time and productivity in a public hospital context, where the resources are scarce and the staff is under the day-to-day task pressure."